Markari­an’s Chain in Virgo/​Com

Markarian's Chain in Virgo/Com Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Across the heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galax­ies lies a strik­ing string of galax­ies known as Markari­an’s Chain. Most prom­in­ent mem­bers in this image are M84, M86, M88, M89, M90, M91, NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435. The center­point of the cluster is rep­res­en­ted by M87, the huge ellip­ic­al galaxy.

More than 2’500 galax­ies reside in the Virgo Cluster of Galax­ies. The names of the bright­est objects can be found in this annot­ated image.

This image rep­res­ents about 3.5deg x 3.5deg of the night sky. North is up in this image.


Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
Andor CG16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 420:160:160:150 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

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About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.